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‘The Greatest’ is gone: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dead at 74

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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away late Friday at the age of 74, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Ali, who is a three-time former heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist, was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the 1980s.

“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,” family spokesman Bob Gunnell said in a brief statement.

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The spokesperson said Thursday that Ali was being treated for a respiratory issue at a hospital.

Born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Ali was also well known for his role in the Civil Rights movement and his protestations against the American war in Vietnam in the 1960s. His statement about refusing to fight in Vietnam on behalf of the United States sparked widespread controversy and is one of his best known quotes:

My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the mud for big powerful America. And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father. … Shoot them for what? How can I shoot them poor people? Just take me to jail.

Ali stormed into the national spotlight in 1964 when he defeated Sonny Liston to become the world’s youngest world heavyweight boxing champion in the world at age 22. He won the heavyweight title again in 1974 by defeating George Foreman, and once more in 1978 by defeating Leon Spinks.

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His funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville in Kentucky.


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Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’

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Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.

It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.

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Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.

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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

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With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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